Mayor London Breed has made it official and appointed Pau Crego as the permanent executive director of the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives.Crego, a trans and nonbinary Spanish immigrant, had been serving as acting executive director since Clair Farley, a trans woman who headed the department since 2017, stepped down last September after leading the office for four years.Breed and City Administrator Carmen Chu made the announcement April 21.The office was established by the late mayor Ed Lee in June 2016 with Theresa Sparks as its inaugural director.
It marked the first time a mayor in the nation had a senior director of trans initiatives, Lee's office stated at the time. () (Santa Clara County's Office of LGBTQ Affairs was started in 2015, and there are similar offices in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.)In a phone interview April 19, Crego, who started at the trans office in 2017 and rose to deputy director before taking over on an interim basis, said he was honored by the appointment."I'm thrilled," he said. "I've been with the Office of Transgender Initiatives almost since the beginning.
It's an exciting opportunity for me and the trans community locally."Breed stated that Crego's experience will be an asset to the department."I am proud to officially name Pau Crego as the new executive director of the Office of Transgender Initiatives," she stated in a news release. "For years, Pau has led critical and effective initiatives that have served some of our city's most vulnerable trans and LGBT residents.